Is Your Water Heater Doing Its Job?
5 Signs That It’s Time for a New Water Heater
If you wait until you see water leaking out of your old water heater storage tank, you’ll have fewer options, terrible inconvenience, and it will be more costly to replace.
That’s why you should be aware of these signs that may indicate trouble is brewing inside your water heater.
- Age of tank. The life expectancy of an average storage tank water heater ranges from 7 to 13 years. If your water heater is 10 years old or older, don’t wait until it breaks. Start researching your replacement options now.
- Higher bills. If your bills keep getting higher even though not much has changed in your household, your water heater is probably overworking to do its job – and suffering from inefficiency as a result.
- Rusty water. If the water is clear from your cold water tap but looks rusty when it comes out of the hot water tap, it usually means your old water heater is corroding from the inside. If you start to see rust form on the outside of the tank, there’s not much time left.
- Water stains. White stains on your utensils and glassware are common signs of hard (mineral-containing) water. Dry, itchy skin and dull, scratchy clothing are others. Your water supply could be hard to begin with, or the problem could be the result of a long-term build-up of lime in your tank; either way, those minerals will reduce efficiency and shorten the lifespan of your water heater.
- Unusual noises. Growling or gurgling noises coming from your storage tank are usually a sure sign of sediment build-up – a problem that eventually leads to costly water heater repairs or a premature replacement if it is not addressed with proper maintenance service.
Water Heater Installation and Water Heater Maintenance in MA
Whether you want to replace your old water heater now or simply want to learn more for future reference, one of our water heater equipment experts will be happy to give you advice.
For example, if you have an electric water heater now, an oil-fired water heater will heat your water much faster and for less money. You should never run out of hot water when you rely on an oil-powered water heater. Here’s what we can install.
Direct-fired Oil Water Heaters
A direct-fired water heater is the kind of water heating unit that most people know well. It’s the most common type of water heater, with a dedicated burner inside to heat water that is stored in a tank. As you use the water in the storage tank, the supply of hot water is constantly replenished. This is a good choice if you heat your Massachusetts home with a warm-air furnace, instead of a hydronic system (boiler) that uses hot water or steam to heat your home.
Indirect-fired Oil Water Heaters
Indirect-fired water heaters use the burner inside your oil boiler to heat your tap water. Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works free. A typical design is a water tank with coiled pipes inside. These coiled pipes connect to your boiler. Hot water from the boiler passes through the coil, which heats up the water surrounding it. An indirect-fired water heater is one of the most efficient water heating options available, and Scott Williams offers professional installation of these units from top manufacturers.
Scott Williams is your best choice for hot water heater installation for oil-heated homes in Quincy, Braintree, Hingham, Cohasset, Dorchester, West Roxbury, Bridgewater, Brockton, Weymouth and surrounding towns. Contact us today for FREE estimate on a new oil-powered water heater.